Russia scraps Spain fuel stop for Syria-bound warships
Russia scrapped plans Wednesday to refuel Syria-bound warships in a Spanish port after Madrid came under pressure to refuse access to a flotilla that may be used to help attacks on Aleppo. The Spanish foreign ministry said that three Russian ships -- part of a wider flotilla led by aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov -- had been due to take on fuel and supplies from Friday at the port of Ceuta, a Spanish territory on the north coast of Africa. There has been concern that the ships could take part in air strikes in Syria, where Russia has been staging a bombing campaign for the past year in support of President Bashar al-Assad and has deployed a naval contingent to back up its operation.
Venezuela opposition marches against Maduro 'dictatorship'
By Alexandra Ulmer and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Opposition supporters rallied throughout Venezuela on Wednesday against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of turning into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him. The opposition coalition says Maduro must go before the situation worsens, but Venezuela's electoral authorities last week canceled a planned signature drive to hold a recall referendum against him, citing fraud. An enraged opposition said Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader who narrowly won election to succeed Hugo Chavez in 2013, had crossed the line.
Newt Gingrich to Megyn Kelly: You're 'fascinated with sex'
Bridgegate: Christie says he never knew, other say different
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has maintained for three years that he didn't know anything about the George Washington Bridge lane closures either before they happened or while they were going on.
Homeless advocates, Democrats appeal Ohio voting rulesWASHINGTON (AP) ? Advocates for the homeless and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a longshot appeal with the Supreme Court on Wednesday, asking the justices to block election rules that could disqualify thousands of absentee and provisional ballots because of minor mistakes or omissions.
Syria airstrikes kill 22, mostly children, outside school
BEIRUT (AP) ? Airstrikes in Syria killed up to 22 people, mostly children, on Wednesday when warplanes struck a residential area housing a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib, activists and rescue workers said.
Girl, 7, inserts coin into toy dispenser, gets pills insteadROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ? A 7-year-old girl who inserted coins into a toy dispenser at a pizzeria received a plastic capsule filled with medications for blood pressure and kidney stones instead, police said.
Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC
The Gambia has become the latest African nation to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing the war crimes tribunal of "persecuting" Africans. Banjul's decision follows similar action by South Africa and Burundi this month that have shaken the only permanent international war crimes court. Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang charged that the ICC had been used "for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders" while ignoring crimes committed by the West.
Coke profit falls 28 percent, but global volume up 1 percent
Coca-Cola's profit fell 28 percent in the third quarter, but the company behind Diet Coke, Powerade and other drinks also said Wednesday that its global volume rose. The Atlanta-based company said global ...
Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions: reports
By Andrew Osborn and Simon Johnson MOSCOW/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet in Kaliningrad by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO's build-up in the region, Russian media reported on Wednesday. There was no official confirmation from Moscow, but the reports will raise tensions in the Baltic, already heightened since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and are likely to cause alarm in Poland and Lithuania which border Kaliningrad. The reported deployment comes as NATO is planning its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War to deter possible Russian aggression and will be seen as a riposte to that.